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The Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand supports scientists as they use cutting-edge techniques to investigate the world around us, create modern materials, and solve problems of worldwide significance in biology and medicine.

Global representation

The SCANZ Executive represents laboratories, researchers, and institutes within the region.

Prestigious awards

Recognising the achievements of leading scientists in Australia and New Zealand.


Organising education and outreach activities to promote the value of crystallography.

Academic discussion

Promoting communication through regional conferences and scientific forums.

We are a group of scientists interested in the general area of crystallography.

The society has about 250 members worldwide, mostly in Australia and New Zealand. SCANZ has a formal connection with Australian Academy of Science, via the National Committee for Crystallography (NCCr), and the National Committee for Materials Science and Engineering (NCMSE).

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News and upcoming events

22 Aug 2023–29 Aug 2023


The 26th Congress & General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography 2023 will be held in Melbourne, Australia. The venue will be the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), on the banks of the Yarra River. The confirmed dates are 22-29 August 2023.

See the website for further details. 

19 Aug 2023–21 Aug 2023

IUCr Electron Crystallography School 2023

This will be a satellite event to the 26th IUCr Congress in Melbourne (22-29 August 2023). 

Electron crystallography has seen revolutionary advances in recent times, from protein nano-crystallography to mapping of materials structure at the pico-scale. The main aim of the Electron Crystallography School (ECS2023) will be to educate postgraduate students and early career researchers about the latest progress in electron crystallography. ECS2023 will focus on two broad topics: 4D-scanning transmission electron microscopy and micro-electron diffraction.

The School's website is 

1 year ago

2022 Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science

Professor Vanessa Peterson from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has been awarded the 2022 Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science. Professor Peterson’s significant research targets functional materials at the heart of energy technology such as batteries, fuel cells and materials for the separation and storage of energy relevant gases including hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Vanessa was the recipient of the Sandy Mathieson Medal in 2017.

You can read about the award here and watch a video outlining Vanessa's achievements and work.

1 year ago

ARC Laureate Fellowship and Georgina Sweet Award to Prof. Yin Liu

Professor Yin Liu (ANU) has been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship and the Georgina Sweet award in 2021.  The Georgina Sweet Fellowship,  which  supports  the  promotion  of  women  in  research, is awarded to one outstanding female Laureate each year. You can read all about Yin's award in the latest newsletter.

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SCANZ membership includes recognition of membership of the crystallography community, an online forum for research questions, career development and education, reduced conference registration fees, eligibility for research awards and Maslen conference scholarships, and the latest SCANZ and IUCr newsletters.

SCANZ membership is on a calendar year basis. Prices shown are currently the same in AUD and NZD. To join, two current members will need to sponsor your application; they are required to be current financial members as well. Please write to the current SCANZ secretary if you do not know any sponsors.


  • Full academic annual membership
  • for Australian and New Zealand members
  • Available as 1-year, 2-year, and 5-year subscriptions

$30/3 years

  • for currently enrolled PhD students in Australia and New Zealand
  • Available as a 3-year subscription for standard candidature


  • Research institutes, private companies, and scientific suppliers
  • Subscriptions on a per-year basis


Bragg Medal

The Lawrence Bragg Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to science involving X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction and/or imaging.

Award Recipients

Mathieson Medal

The Sandy Mathieson Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to science involving diffraction or imaging by a researcher within 15 years of the award of their PhD.

Award Recipients

Maslen Scholarships

Maslen Scholarships are awarded to selected postgraduate members to help fund attendance and present research at crystallography conferences.

Application details and scholarship conditions will be available when the award is open.

Contacts & Executive Council



Charlie Bond
University of Western Australia



Vice President

Christopher Sumby
The University of Adelaide



Portrait of SCANZ Past President 

Past President

Megan Maher
The University of Melbourne



    David Turner
    Monash University



    Jack Clegg
    The University of Queensland


     Portrait of SCANZ NZ representative

    NZ NCCr Representative 

    Kurt Krause
    The University of Otago



    Lauren Macreadie
    University of Sydney




    James Hester
    The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation




    Emily Parker
    Victoria University of Wellington



    Newsletter editor

    Michelle Miller
    The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

    Portrait of SCANZ ANCCr representative

    Australian NCCr representative

    Michael Parker
    University of Melbourne